Google+ is the latest social network to adopt support for “post pinning.” Starting today, you can pin a post at the top of your profile — so now when someone visits your page, they’ll see the pinned content first and foremost before the rest of your broadcasts.
Solving captchas can be quite annoying when you’re in a rush to shop at a website or sign into your account. And for years, Google has heard users complaining about simplifying the experience to distinguish humans from robots. And today, the Mountain View giant has introduced a massive update to its CAPTCHA experience which completely does away with the need to enter a string of random characters.
Google has started working on a new initiative to revamp the user experience for users of its services that are 12 years old and younger. Although no specifics have been released, it seems likely that widely tapped tools like YouTube, search and the Chrome browser will be first up sometime in 2015. The VP of engineering in charge of the project, Pavni Diwanji, says there is a “push to change our products to be fun and safe for children.”
Google has updated Chrome Beta for Android, bringing it up to version 40. The biggest change in this update is the inclusion of the enhanced bookmark features, which is pretty similar to the former Google Stars bookmark manager. This new bookmarks experience makes navigating your bookmarks on multiple devices much easier, and there’s some added visual flair, too.
To enable it, just type this in the URL box: chrome://flags/#enhanced-bookmarks-experiment
The update should be hitting the Play Store soon, but as with all Google app updates, it’s going to be staggered. You can check the Play Store page below, or grab the apk from the link below that.
Google wants to ensure that each and every person using a device with Android 5.0 completely understands its capabilities. Today, an app known as Device Assist went live in the Play Store. Device Assist provides users with tips and troubleshooting so that the experience is as smooth as possible. The app wants the device to be extremely efficient; therefore, it will actually change settings automatically if you accept the recommendations made. If it recommends that you adjust your brightness to benefit battery life, select the Do It For Me option. Tips can be saved for later viewing. And if a user is still experiencing issues, contacting support is built-in.
Device Assist only works with Nexus, Google Play Edition, and Android One devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop at this time.
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Are you still in need of an invite for Google Inbox? Well Google is guaranteeing you one by the end of the day as long as you request one between 10:00 am and noon time PST today (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST).
All you have to do is send an email from your Gmail address to firstname.lastname@example.org during the specified time, and you should receive an invite by the end of the day. What could be easier?
You’re walking down the sidewalk with your brand new Nexus 6 in toe, then bam! The handset falls from your hand or pocket face-down. The device is completely wrecked. Unusable. Aside from feeling pretty embarrassed and maybe muttering or shouting a few obscenities, what do you do? Well, according to one user on Reddit, you simply give Google a call and they’ll replace it for you completely free of charge the very next day.
Google had Winter Wonderland experiences constructed in select malls across the United States during the holidays last year. This year, the company is partnering with Target for Bullseye’s Playground. Who is Bullseye? The Bull Terrier that is Target’s official mascot. The experience allows Target guests to play interactive games from the mobile site while giving to charity. For each and every game played, Target will donate $1 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. All you have to do is play. And stores will have unique codes throughout for new levels and characters to be discovered.
In four Target stores in the United States, people can try the Project Tango tablet. In Sunnyvale (CA), Chicago, Dallas, and Roseville (MN), Project Tango tablets will be alter the shopping experience to create a winter wonderland. Characters will appear and activities such as snowball fights can take place. There are specified dates and times for these stores, so be sure not to wait very long.
Android 5.0.1 was pushed to AOSP last night with factory images posted for the Nexus 7 2013 (WiFi), Nexus 9 (WiFi), and Nexus 10. We are sure this update fixes a slew of bugs, but a couple of notable ones include a factory reset bug as well as a video playback issue on the Nexus 7.
The factory reset bug involves the lock screen in that it could automatically trigger a factory reset. As you might know, if you have a security lock screen, you can configure it to wipe the device after a certain amount of failed attempts. The initial Lollipop update had a bug in that just tapping the device was recorded as a failure when utilizing the Pattern unlock method. This is an unlikely situation for most people, but nobody wants to reset their device accidentally.
One special aspect of Nexus devices is the super quick updates a Nexus user will get when a new OS is released.